A cross between an Arnold Palmer and a mint julep, this make-ahead party cocktail combines tangy black iced tea with bourbon. We use frozen lemon wedges in lieu of ice, so the drink won't dilute in the summer sun.
Syrup: In a saucepan, combine sugar, lemon zest, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Strain, discarding zest; stir in lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate in an airtight container until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 cups.
Kentucky Half-and-Half: In a pitcher, stir together syrup, bourbon, and tea. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 day, if desired.
Serve in glasses with frozen lemon wedges, mint sprigs, and cherries.
Make-Ahead: Make the Lemon Simple Syrup ahead of time, it needs to cool before you make the drink.
Mixing the 3 ingredients for the Kentucky Half-and-Half takes just minutes, and the drink can be made-ahead, up to one day, and refrigerated.